ModifyHealth changes lives by making ‘food as medicine’ simple, effective, and enjoyable
At ModifyHealth, our goal is to create better health outcomes using food as medicine. We believe that healthy diets can prevent many of today's most prevalent health problems. To us, food is the best kind of medicine and we’re passionate about helping those with chronic conditions through evidence-based dietary management.
Founder & CEO
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G.B. has a passion for healthcare innovation and delivering services that exceed expectations. With a history of gluten sensitivity and a desire to help patients take control of their health, he founded ModifyHealth in 2018 to bring relief to those suffering from conditions such as IBS, IBD, NAFLD, and celiac disease, where dietary modification is a recommended treatment.
Prior to ModifyHealth, G.B. helped launch EndoChoice, a developer of innovative healthcare products and services for the GI space. G.B. led one of the organization’s three divisions, serving as VP & GM of Technology Enabled Services. EndoChoice grew from a startup in 2008 to public offering in 2015 (NYSE: GI) and final sale to Boston Scientific in 2016 (NYSE: BSX).
G.B. has served in a variety of management positions for healthcare organizations. He was the co-founder and CEO of VLink, an integration platform that was ultimately sold to Portico Systems, a partner company of Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE). From 2002 to 2006 he held several roles, including Vice President of Sales for Eko Systems, a provider of hospital-based EMR’s for the perioperative space.
When not in the office, G.B. enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf and rooting for Philly sports.
Dexter Shurney, MD, MPH, MBA
Chief Medical Officer
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Dr. Shurney is a recent past President of the American College of Lifestyle medicine and a recognized food as medicine authority.
He has held numerous senior healthcare leadership roles including Chief Health Equity Officer at Adventist Health; Vice President, Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Chief Medical Officer, Executive Director of Global Employee Benefits at Cummins, Inc.; And, Chief Medical Director, Employee Health Plan at Vanderbilt University and Medical Center. During his tenure at Vanderbilt, he held dual faculty appointments at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the Owens Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Shurney received his BS from Loma Linda University and his MD from Howard University College of Medicine. He also has an MBA and MPH from the University of Detroit/Mercy and the Medical College of Wisconsin, respectively. A licensed physician, he is board certified in both preventive medicine and in lifestyle medicine, and is a Fellow in the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Chief Brand Officer
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Having a close personal connection to the IBD and IBS space, Ryan helped launch the ModifyHealth pilot in 2018 to bring relief to those suffering from conditions such as IBS, IBD, NAFLD, and celiac disease.
Prior to ModifyHealth, Ryan was the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at EndoChoice, an innovative medtech company delivering a broad portfolio of innovative devices and diagnostics for the GI space. Ryan helped build the EndoChoice brand from a basement concept in 2008 to a public offering in 2015 (NYSE: GI) and final sale to Boston Scientific in 2016 (NYSE: BSX).
Ryan is a multi award-winning brand marketer with a history of building successful and meaningful brands for both startups and Fortune 10 companies across a wide variety of industry verticals including Retail, Finance, SaaS, Luxury and Medical.
Outside of the office, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, attending car shows and is an avid collector of TV and film props.
Chief Commercial Officer
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Hagan has a history of commercializing innovative products and services to healthcare providers that have dramatic impact on patient care. With this background, Hagan decided to join the ModifyHealth team to impact patients' currently suffering from GI diseases that require dietary modification.
Prior to ModifyHealth, Hagan helped launch EndoChoice, a developer of innovative healthcare products and services for the GI space. While at EndoChoice, Hagan served in multiple sales and marketing leadership roles including Global Marketing Leader for Imaging & Technology Enabled Services as as well as Senior Director of Marketing. EndoChoice grew from a startup in 2008 to public offering in 2015 (NYSE: GI) and final sale to Boston Scientific in 2016 (NYSE: BSX).
During Hagan’s time at Boston Scientific, he served in multiple roles including Group Manager of Pathology and Marketing Channel Manager for the GI Ambulatory Surgery Center Division.
When not in the office, Hagan enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching any and all sports, especially Clemson football. As a former college golfer at Furman University, Hagan cherishes the opportunity to play a round of golf when time allows.
Christine Lothen-Kline, MPH, MCHES, RD, LD
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Christine is the Dietitian Director at ModifyHealth where she has provided leadership for the clinical nutrition services and team to guide our clients through the FODMAP protocol to ensure that they get the best possible health outcomes.
As a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), Christine has over 25 years of experience in a variety of health settings, to include university, clinical, community, government, faith-based, worksites and private practice. She loves to be part of teams that are looking for new and exciting ways to help people achieve optimal health. She was the first Director of the newly created Health Promotion Bureau at the Howard County Health Department, and the first Area Extension Director for the University of Maryland Extension. She also built a successful small business providing medical nutrition therapy with a focus on GI health.
As someone with Crohn’s disease, Christine knows first-hand the impact that GI issues can have on all aspects of our life. As a specially trained GI Dietitian, she is committed to helping others take back control of their life and health. In private practice and now as the Dietitian Director for ModifyHealth, she has the honor of helping people make dietary modifications that are truly lifechanging.
Christine has a B.S. in Food and Nutrition from the University of Idaho, and a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University. She has completed extensive training on implementing the FODMAP protocol both through Monash University, the birthplace of FODMAPs, and by international expert Patsy Catsos.
In her spare time, she loves to read, walk, play poker and cribbage with her mom and sisters, go new places, meet new people, and treasure time with her son and daughter.